General Director

Phillip Holmes


Phillip Holmes, bass-baritone, lives in Norway Bay, Quebec, and has studied voice, piano and organ extensively.  He has performed nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards and scholarships. 


In 2006 Phillip Holmes completed a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance, at the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Lawrence Ewashko.  Previously he studied voice with Patricia Kern at the University of Toronto.  He has trained with Mervin Fick, (Toronto), María Guinand, (Germany) and bass-baritone Daniel Lichti, (Kitchener-Waterloo). 


Mr. Holmes has sung with the Ottawa Choral Society, the Cantata Singers, CAMAC, the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, The Valley Festival, Seventeen Voyces and Toronto’s MacMillan Singers.  He has performed as a soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and St John Passion, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Rutter’s Mass for the Children, Vaughn William’s Five Mystical Songs and Peter Cornelius’ Weihnachtslieder


Mr. Holmes premiered the role of the Robber Father in Bruce Nichol’s opera, A Christmas Rose, and the lead role of Colonel John By in Timothy and Laura Piper’s musical, Bye Bye Bytown.  He appeared as Alidoro in Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of Cinderella and as Paris in their production of Romeo and Juliet.


In 2006 Phillip Holmes was a finalist in the Bravo television series Bathroom Divas which won a Gemini Award. 


From 2001-2007, Mr. Holmes performed with the Bachakademie Festival Chor & Orchester directed by Helmuth Rilling for the Europäishes Musikfest, Stuttgart, Germany.  Performances included Verdi’s Requiem and Messa per Rossini, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Fidelio, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Britten’s War Requiem.  


Mr. Holmes teaches Theatre Arts at Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau, Quebec, where he has directed the musicals, Grease, Annie, Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, RENT,- (2013, Cappies Award for Best Musical), and most recently, Legally Blonde.  He continues to perform, and teaches voice and piano privately.  In 2012 Phillip Holmes founded, and became General Director of Under the Pines, a classical music festival, which takes place in Bristol, Quebec.